The myth of empowering the poor through tourism – time to fess up?

Bauer, Irmgard (2014) The myth of empowering the poor through tourism – time to fess up? Global Health Perspectives, 2. pp. 1-9.

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Tourism in developing countries has been heralded as an appropriate strategy to develop poor destination communities. This is in contrast to its often criticized negative impacts on resource-poor areas of the world, including a lack of promised benefits. If people's well-being and health have not improved appreciably after being developed, empowered and allowed to participate in their improvement, the question must be asked: why not? This article examines actuality and practicality of community development, empowerment and participation related to health and to tourism, the core concepts of interest. Regardless of the rhetoric, local people are still excluded from making decisions about their own well-being when it comes to tourism projects at their doorsteps.

Item ID: 37360
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2212-8832
Keywords: community development; community participation; developing countries; public health; ecotourism; sustainable tourism; poverty alleviation; community well-being
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Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2015 00:11
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health @ 50%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900301 Economic Issues in Tourism @ 50%
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